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It is our entire automotive philosophy set in motion. Again.


Introducing the next--g

127 years ago, the founder of Mercedes-Benz challenged his employees to deliver “the best or nothing.” The 2014 S-Class is proof that his words still resonate to this day. Building on its own history of innovation, the groundbreaking new S-Class features dual 12.3" high-resolution screens, hot stone massage seating and an aromatic filtration system on the inside, while outside, a revolutionary MAGIC BODY CONTROL system uses cameras to scan the road for imperfections and instantly adjust the suspension for a superior ride. The 2014 S-Class is the flagship Mercedes-Benz that not only makes a statement, but answers a calling.

2014 S 550 shown in Iridium Silver metallic paint. May include optional equipment. No system, regardless of how advanced, can overcome the laws of physics or correct careless driving. Please always wear your seat belt. ©2013 Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC


t--generation 2014 S-Class.

For more information, call 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES, or visit MBUSA.com.


CADILLAC REVEALED

the ELMIRAJ 2013 CONCEPT

Cadillac revealed the Elmiraj Concept, a grand coupe expressing the pure enjoyment of driving and exploring new dimensions for Cadillac’s ongoing expansion. The Cadillac Elmiraj Concept showcases a new vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range. “Cadillac is fueled by the creativity of our designers, led by Ed Welburn,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. “Elmiraj provides a look inside the Cadillac Studio on how we envision performance and luxury for the next generation of luxury drivers.” A modern update to the classic format of a two-door grand coupe, Elmiraj is a pure expression of streamlined design and engaging rear-wheel drive performance. At 205 inches (5207mm) in overall length, Elmiraj is four-seat coupe with presence and poise. Taking up from where the memorable Ciel Concept left off, Elmiraj is a statement of pure luxury and performance with a purposeful character and proportion. The concept advances Cadillac’s philosophy of dramatic design and

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performance, and its commitment to lightweight, agile cars. Elmiraj is constructed with chassis and structural elements of an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production. This new vehicle architecture expands the brand’s commitment to lightweight RWD performance, exemplified in the ATS sport sedan and the all-new and elevated 2014 CTS launching in the U.S in the Fall of 2013. “Elmiraj advances Cadillac’s provocative modern design and performance, contrasted with bespoke craftsmanship and luxury,” said Mark Adams, Cadillac design director. “It explores performance driving, as well as how we’re approaching elevating the Cadillac range and new dimensions of Art & Science philosophy.”

edition, and expands it to the classic performance format of a V8 engine. DRAMATIC EXTERIOR PROPORTION With a heritage of imaginative designs, Cadillac approaches concept cars as a method for projecting design forward rather than simply exaggerating or “teasing” future production models. Elmiraj was created from this mindset, and therefore suggests new territory for Cadillac Art & Science. “This concept is the second chapter, following the Ciel Concept, of our exploration of the personas of true luxury,” said Clay Dean, executive director of

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advanced design. “This project originated around the simple persona of “the drive,” or the visceral experience of driving a great luxury coupe. It’s an expression of the confidence and poise you feel driving a high-performance car, which we feel is an essential element of top-level luxury.” The dramatic proportion communicates power and performance. A long dashto-axle front profile, a Cadillac signature, gives the coupe a performance-oriented form. The long wheelbase and clean body side characterizes the car’s spacious dimensions and elevated status. The fast cabin sits within a fuselage where taut fender lines spline through the full sectioned body, literally blending art and science. Cadillac’s vertical light signature is represented in both the headlamp graphic and tail lamp. A gently applied feature line in the sheet metal extends the full length of the body side, connecting those vertical front and rear elements. “Elmiraj is about poise and proportion,” said Niki Smart, lead exterior designer. “We wanted a mature statement for Cadillac, where simplicity and subtle adornments create a purposeful presence.” Cadillac Elmiraj contains design elements emphasizing Cadillac’s capabilities for engaging driving performance in its production portfolio. Two vents in the car’s long hood are functional, acting as hot air outlets for the twin turbo engine. Elmiraj has 22-x-9-in. aluminum wheels are backed by large ceramic brakes with Cadillac monoblock calipers. The car’s rich blue exterior finish wears the brand’s V-sport designation, Cadillac’s new level slotting directly under the highperformance V-Series.

The face of Cadillac Elmiraj experiments with new visual elements, yet is unmistakably Cadillac. The grille emphasizes the car’s substantial road presence. The Cadillac Crest appears in a conceptual form, streamlined and tailored to the car’s overall design. This design idea for a revised crest reflects the fact that Cadillac’s unmistakable symbol has evolved dozens of times through history to mark new eras or design achievements. EXQUISITELY CRAFTED INTERIOR The interior of Elmiraj blends elegantly crafted luxury and generous space with driver-focused performance elements. The upper section of the instrument panel is a single piece extending across the full width of the car, while the lower forms a cockpit space tailored for performance. “A concept provides not only an opportunity to explore new design ideas, but to pursue new techniques for elegant craftsmanship and materials,” said Gael Buzyn, lead interior designer. Backlit titanium trim curves from the cowl to the doors, dividing the rich upper camel leather from the wood trim. Cadillac Studio craftsmen handpicked fallen Brazilian Rosewood, a wood veneer prized for its use for hundreds of years in home furnishings and musical instruments. The wood is hand-cut into three dimensional sections for perfect control of the grain flow. The car’s instrumentation features an analog tachometer and speedometer that are transparent.

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Directly behind the analog gauges sits a wide screen, high resolution display which projects driver information and the output of a front-mounted camera. A 10-inch touchscreen for navigation and connectivity can be concealed inside the instrument panel when not in use. The 2+2 layout features highperformance seats, designed to support spirited driving while also delivering luxury accommodation. Elmiraj passengers might actually lobby to sit in the back. The rear bucket seats each contain a valet feature to ease entry and exit. The front bucket seat slides 10 inches forward while the rear bucket seat slides 4 inches forward to meet the passenger, then slides him or her back into position once seated. The rear bucket seats recline for additional comfort. MANY OF THE MOST CELEBRATED AUTOMOTIVE DESIGNS THROUGH HISTORY HAVE BEEN LUXURY COUPES “We were influenced in particular by the 1967 Eldorado, both its actual design and the fact that in its time that car was a very stark contrast and a new direction. More recent design like the CTS-V Coupe and the ELR are provocative,” said Dean, the advanced design director. “Both of these cars were major statements of performance and luxury and drove Cadillac forward into new territory.” Designers at General Motors’ advanced design studio in North Hollywood, Calif., under the direction of Frank Saucedo, led the development of the car’s interior and exterior. Elmiraj was hand-built by inhouse craftsmen in Michigan.

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WANDERLUST More than two decades on, ICE HOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden still appeals to those looking for adventure.

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SOCHI 2014 The Ancient Greeks considered fire to be a divine element, and they maintained perpetual fires in front of their principal temples.

SHOP IN SYLE—SOPHY CURSON Since 1929, the name Sophy Curson has been recognized as a fashion destination. The chic shop around the corner for Philadelphians.

THE GIFT WHISPERER—TOWNHOME Owner Dana and her staff treat each guest like an old friend, exuding a warmth that welcomes everyone who pops in to browse.

NICK SAKIEWICZ—STATE OF THE UNION I recently had the distinct pleasure of sitting down and talking to the busiest man in national soccer, Nick Sakiewicz.

ROLLS-ROYCE LAUNCHES THE GHOST V-SPECIFICATION Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase motor cars that will be available for customers to commission from January to June 2014.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY German architect André Broessel, of  Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy.

EAST MEETS WEST

VIRGIN GALACTIC Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, which is owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group...

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tête-à-tête Great leaders have been known to be gifted with vision. What is vision? Robert Collier says, “Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.” Thank you for reading SOCIETY and take a moment to read a few quotes from leaders, authors and other Visionaires. Kurt Hahn There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less. Henri Matisse There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Ralph Waldo Emerson This time like all times is a very good one if we but know what to do with it. Ayn Rand Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. Alfred A. Montapert To accomplish great things we must

first dream, then visualize, then plan... believe... act! Bob Proctor To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all. But to believe in the unseen is both a triumph and a blessing. John H. Patterson To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them. Robert Collier Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. Japanese proverb Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Joel A. Barker Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

EVERYONE HAS A VISION MAKE IT YOUR OWN LIVE IT

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ROLLS-R LAUNCHE

GHOST V-SPEC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase motor cars that will be available for customers to commission from January to June 2014.  “This limited series celebrates one of Ghost’s defining characteristics; the exquisite 6.6 litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine,” said Torsten MüllerÖtvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Since its introduction in 2009, an extraordinary marriage of assured presence and remarkable driving dynamics has endeared Ghost to a new generation of highly discerning businessmen and women, ensuring the car’s position as the statement of choice for a growing band

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S-ROYCE CHES THE

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of successful entrepreneurs around the world.” At the heart of the Ghost’s driving experience is its hallmark V12 engine. Acceleration is delivered with a characteristic immediacy and smoothness, propelling occupants from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds with 80% of power available from idle. This unique powertrain is celebrated

from five specially selected exterior colours, or from Rolls-Royce’s

with a 30bhp / 22kw power increase on all

44,000 hue palette. Optional visible chrome exhausts and 21” part-

Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification motor cars. 

polished wheels add further expression to the car’s dynamic promise. 

Elegantly applied design touches hint at Rolls-

The V-Specification motif is echoed around the car’s handcrafted

Royce Ghost V-Specification’s inherent dynamism. 

interior through engraving to the treadplates, embroidery to the rear armrest and hand-applied steel inlays to the front multimedia screen

V-Specification motif coachlines finish the exterior

lid. The interior is completed with an exclusively designed clock with

paint-scheme whilst customers can either choose

a black crown surrounding the face.

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Breguet, the innovator. Invention of the Tourbillon, 1801

With the Classique “ Grande Complication ” Tourbillon Messidor wristwatch, Breguet reinvents its most spectacular invention, the tourbillon, designed to compensate for the effects of gravity. Held between two sapphire crystals, the tourbillon floats weightless inside its carriage, while the sapphire dial offers a transparent vision of the complex proprietary movement and its meticulous hand finishing. History is still being written … www.breguet.com/inventions


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SOCIETY PROFILE INTERVIEW WITH DAVID LEPPAN Founder of Billionaire.com By Kathrine Markley

Katharine Markley:  What was your inspiration behind starting Billionaire.com? How did this project come about?

A shift is afoot. The Asian luxury consumer is bespoke items and tailoring, and many

David Leppan: With Billionaire.com, we set out to create a luxury lifestyle publication with philanthropy at its very heart. Our aim was to influence new wealth to think about making charity part of their spending. We equally wanted to showcase artisans, craftsmen, and artists, and by so doing, expose the ultra-high-net-worth community to these truly remarkable products and offerings. I’m delighted we’ve received such traction in such a short space of time.

KM:  You have a diverse art collection—you little bit about how you started collecting art, DL:  I suspect it was when I first truly came piqued. It was surprising to me to find out that pieces to the collection, I found one becomes there are others that are poor and show how

KM:  Following global economic slowdowns in the past five years, have you seen any significant changes in how and where UHNW individuals are spending their money? Have you seen a trend toward investing more heavily in alternative assets? DL: There has indeed been a paradigm change in the investment patterns of the ultra-wealthy since the global financial crisis. Up until recently, many were risk averse, steering clear of anything but the most basic of products, and hiking their exposure to cash and tangible assets, including real estate, gold, and luxury assets like art and wine. As the global economy has picked up in the last 18 months, so has investor appetite for yield, and accordingly, higher-risk products are back in vogue. But it is very much a case of ‘gone but not forgotten,’ and many investors are more demanding, hands-on, and focused on value-for-money than they were before. Increasingly, they are doing deals themselves through private equity and angel investment, rather than pay fees to a private banker or fund manager. KM: You are tuned in to where people are spending their money in luxury markets—any thoughts on the next big trend? DL: Asia is the fastest growing market for the luxury goods industry, but brands must remain nimble to stay ahead of changing tastes.

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DL: I’m passionate about life, and if there is charity set up by the truly wonderful Petra KM: Any final words of wisdom? DL:  At 40 I hardly feel I should have yourself with great human beings—they can’t, then you’re doing the wrong thing, in

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Billionaire.com unveils its definitive list of the most exclusive hotel rooms on the planet. They certainly don’t come cheap but the special… frequently younger and more savvy and price-conscious. They are looking for rare, quality materials and brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tod’s are building this into their offering now. collect Old Masters and, in particular, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch 16th- and 17th-century art. Can you talk a and how your tastes developed as your collection grew? to understand and appreciate the mastery of  Diego Velazquez  (Spanish, 1599–1660) that my interested one could acquire art from this period in auction rooms across Europe and the United States. As I added more selective and one’s eye improves. There are pieces I bought early that are wonderful, and equally, immature I was as a collector.  KM: What was the first piece you purchased in your collection? Do you have a favorite work.? DL: The first important pieces acquired were slightly reduced versions of Velazquez’s hunting portraits of Felipe IV and his brother. The quality varies across the two portraits, from areas that are clearly studio to parts that, at worst, must have been painted by  Juan Bautista Martinez del Mazo  (Spanish, 1612–1667), his highly talented son-in-law, and at best, may have the brushstroke of the master himself. Choosing a favorite in a collection is like being asked to choose a favorite amongst your children. It’s simply impossible.

an organization I hold particularly dear it’s Happy Hearts, a Nemcova, herself a survivor of the Asian tsunami.

KM: A personal mission you hold close to your heart is to abolish extreme poverty through philanthropic and charitable endeavors. Is there one organization in particular you are extremely passionate about?

‘words of wisdom,’ however, what I would say is surround are priceless. Do whatever you do with passion. And if you which case, be bold and strong, and change course!

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The Ancient Greeks considered fire to be a divine element, and they maintained perpetual fires in front of their principal temples. This was the case in the sanctuary of Olympia, where the Ancient Olympic Games took place. The flame was lit using the rays of the sun, to ensure its purity, and a skaphia, the ancestor of the parabolic mirror used today for lighting the Olympic flame. A flame burned permanently on the altar of the goddess Hestia, and such fires were also lit on the altars of Zeus and Hera, in front of whose temple the Olympic flame is lit today. In the context of the modern Games,

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Modest in approach, individualized to higher tastes, considerate to many price points - this small gem off of Rittenhouse Square is proud to have dressed many notable American and European women. We offer the exclusive collection of Amy Jo Gladstone’s handmade needlepoint slippers featuring great dog breeds. These shoes have

been sold both locally and nationally. The Fort Lauderdale store, located on East Las Olas Blvd, is an established shopping place for the Florida winter visitor or resident. Open November to the end of June, it is a mecca for the cruise clientele, the out-to-dinner crowd, the gala charity chairwoman, and the chic sports enthusiast. Trunk shows at womens’ fashion boutiques are not exactly what the name implies. It’s true that the clothing may arrive packed in trunks, but by the time you see these creations they are wrinklefree and fabulous! At Sophy Curson, we want our loyal customers to have the opportunity to see more of a designer’s line then the store would normally carry. Trunk shows offer that chance.

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For nearly a decade, TownHome has been a Center City Philadelphia shopping destination synonymous with distinctive style and gracious hospitality. Founded by Dana Bank, TownHome Jewelry & Boutique offers a thoughtfully cultivated selection of fashion and fine jewelry and unique gift items unlike anywhere else in the region. TownHome originally opened its doors in 2003 as an upscale home and gift boutique on 19th Street in Center City Philadelphia to fulfill Dana’s lifelong love of finding perfect gifts for friends and family, and inspired by her mother who is a stellar entertainer. With the introduction of jewelry from yet-to-be-discovered brands such as Jeanine Payer and Me&Ro, Dana knew she’d found a niche for the next phase of TownHome – and customers agreed! Owner Dana and her staff treat each guest like an old friend, exuding a warmth that welcomes everyone who

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pops in to browse. Many clients even refer to Dana as the “gift whisperer” due to her knack for finding the right gift for every occasion. Repeat customers have come to rely on TownHome as a trusted resource to fill them in on the latest trends and new arrivals, help them select the must-have additions to their collections, or choose a special gift for a loved one.

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By Christian S. Dougherty

Curator simply does not describe Bridgette Mayer, owner of Bridgette Mayer Gallery on 709 Walnut Street

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Philadelphia.

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19. Arguably, one of the most important American artists

from

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post-

war period, Judd’s work represents the pinnacle of

This modern gallery is housed in a historic 1799

pure line and form. Most known for his large scale

brownstone with 3000 square feet to show the

sculptures, these two dimensional pieces allow the

world’s most exotic artists. “I’ve always liked the

viewer a more intimate experience with the artist’s

historical aspect of the city,” stated Mayer. She feels

work. The etchings come from Untitled 1977-78, a

as though she is a “natural fit for Philly” and launched

suite of sixteen works that was originally intended to

her gallery 2001. Since then, Bridgette has worked

be a body of 75 prints but was never completed.

miracles on transforming space, Philadelphia’s

Coupled with the vibrancy of Anderson’s paintings in

mindset on art and superseded personal goals.

the main gallery, the prints act a resting spot for the

Within the past several years, she’s run the Boston

eye and create a visual conversation of postmodern

Marathon, traveled from Lake Cuomo to Costa Rica

and contemporary abstraction.  

in search of new artists and fed her love of tennis attending French Opens.

The key to success is to “have a clear vision of how you are different,” advises Mayer on business,

Too many to list, the gallery exhibits a wide variety that

and life. Her love of art, business, Philadelphia and

appeals to all senses! Currently, the Bridgette Mayer

fashion (Valentino and Ford) make Bridgette Mayer

Gallery is pleased to feature, and exhibit, a solo

more than a curator – she’s a masterpiece.

show of etchings by Donald Judd in their Vault Room during the upcoming, Neil Anderson exhibition, Earth Songs: Architecture of the Plane March 4 to April VISIT THE LINK TO MEET BRIDGETTE MAYER AND TO ALSO VIEW THE GALLERY TRANSFORMATION: http://vimeo.com/35301136 CONTACT: 709 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 tel 215 413 8893 • fax 215 413 2283 www.bridgettemayergallery.com GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & by appointment www.societymagazine.net

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THE UNION PHILADELPHIA, PA By Christian S. Dougherty

I recently had the distinct pleasure of sitting down and talking to the busiest man in national soccer, Nick Sakiewicz. Not only did I learn about the man, but also the game that is his true passion. The rules of this game were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of “football” played at the time, specifically rugby football . The term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford abbreviation of the word “association.” Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom, and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. Other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, may use either, or both terms. An average day for Mr. Sakiewicz is...well, not an average day. Although, when asked if he enjoyed his work, he stated, “This doesn’t feel like work at all.” The passion that drives this individual can be seen in his work on the field and in the office. A native of Passaic, New Jersey, Nick Sakiewicz is the CEO & Operating Partner of Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC, the parent company of Philadelphia Union. In addition to this, he spearheaded the founding of the Union and construction of PPL Park, a massive soccer stadium located on the banks of the Delaware River in Chester, Pennsylvania. Prior to his current success, this team player was the President of AEG New York, responsible for operating AEG’s sports, entertainment and real estate assets, including the development and construction of Red Bull Arena, state-of-the-art stadium and mixed-use development in Harrison, New Jersey. Among his successes with AEG, was his role in the record-setting $100-million sale of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars to Red Bull Energy Drink Company of Austria. From 2000-2005 Sakiewicz was President and GM of the MetroStars, where he overhauled the organization, resulting

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in the MetroStars capturing the MLS Eastern Division title. The team made the MLS Cup Playoffs four out of five seasons under the leadership of Sakiewicz. During his tenure there, the club increased corporate sponsorship revenues more than 500% and grew attendance every season — despite not owning its own stadium. As a collegiate goalkeeper at the University of New Haven, Sakiewicz earned NCAA All-American honors in 1981 and All-New England honors each season from 1980-83. He is a member of the UNH Hall of Fame and still holds every major goalkeeping record at the school. He went on to play professionally with F.C. Nantes in the French First Division, the New York Arrows of Major Indoor Soccer League, and F.C. Beleneses of the Portuguese First Division. Sakiewicz retired from professional soccer after a season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the American Professional Soccer League. A two-time MLS Executive of the Year, Sakiewicz garnered his first award in 1999 as President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Working with some of the biggest names in the sport (Tim Howard, Clint Mathis, Steve Ralston, Eddie Gaven, Tab Ramos and Carlos Valderamma), Sakiewicz has a history of recognizing, signing and developing young talent. The Philadelphia Union and YSC to

work in conjunction with local youth clubs to share in the process of developing players. The club-neutral format enables gifted youth players to remain registered and playing with their local club teams while receiving free supplemental training and competition opportunities when “called up” to represent Philadelphia Union. There are currently three phases of the Union Academy. Step I is the YSC Union Juniors program (ages 8-12), Step II is the Union Juniors Academy (ages 13-14), and Step III is the Union Youth Academy (ages 15-18). The most innovative element of the Union/YSC Model is Step III. The Union and YSC have formed a Youth Development Affiliation (YDA) program open to all clubs that meet certain technical criteria (i.e., coaching staff qualifications, curriculum plan design, etc.). Founding Youth Development Affiliate clubs include FC DELCO, PA Classics, PDA, Lehigh Valley United, Penn Fusion and YMS. This unique program provides selected players a direct and authentic link to the professional game, while offering affiliate clubs oversight and guidance from the Union/YSC Technical Staff on player development best practices. Can you give a brief summary of future plans for the stadium and for you personally? And, for the team? “We have a short, medium and long range plan for the stadium which

allows us the flexibility to refresh the building with new things every year, and eventually expanding it to 30,000 seats, 60 suites, two restaurants and 2,000 club seats. The short term plan is each year the stadium will feature new amenities and activities for fans to enjoy their time at PPL Park, aside from the game itself. For example, this year we built a tailgate area for our fan groups that accommodates a 2,000 person outdoor party. We’ve added nice picnic tables to the plaza areas surrounding the stadium and refreshed many of the areas inside. In the medium term 3-5 years we will start phasing in expansion plans to add a second restaurant, add club seats and other fan amenities. The long term plan has us adding another 10,000 seats, an additional video board and doubling the suite capacity to 60 suites.” After all the hard work has paid off, what’s your favorite vacation/ destination spot? “I have several, but I would say my favorite is the Amalfi coast of Italy – great weather, incredible food, lots of soccer and warm inviting people.” I also get the impression you appreciate a good bottle of wine, what do you enjoy most when not on the field? “2006, or older, Far Niente Cabernet of Silver Oak Napa.” Cheers!

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German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical suntracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs. André Broessel was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe’s design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day.

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By Drew Prindle

Apparently, French distillery Pernod Ricard doesn’t care that there’s already such a thing as  Project Gutenberg. In a bold move, the company (who’s best known as the maker of Absolut vodka, Beefeater gin, and Jameson whiskey) went ahead and made its  own  Project Gutenberg.  Oddly enough, Pernod’s project involves books too, but instead of being filled with literature, these “books” are full of liquor. In a nutshell, Pernod’s Project Gutenberg is a modular, app-controlled cocktail dispenser system that uses removable book-shaped containers to dish out drinks. To use it, just pop open the app and pick your poison – the app will guide you through the rest of the mixing process. Each book has a little spout on the front, and will dispense the perfect amount of booze for the particular drink you’ve chosen, and also offer mixing tips for more complicated recipes. Automated bartender machines like this  definitely aren’t a new thing, and while this one clearly isn’t the most advanced contraption ever conceived, it differs from other systems in the way that you refill it. Instead of heading over to the liquor store to pick up more hooch, the Project Gutenberg app allows you

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to order refills through mail. The idea behind the bookshape of the liquor containers seems to that, with a sturdier, more durable design, they can be shipped to your house more easily, thus saving you from all those time-consuming trips to the booze market.

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MIT ENGINEERS HAVE INVENTED A JARVIS-STYLE HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM By Drew Prindle The  home  automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire up an app to flip your lights on. Hell, you probably wont even need a smartphone. Instead, the automated home of the future will look much more like JARVIS from Iron Man. No clunky remote controls or proximity-based Bluetooth tags – just wave your arms, point at whatever you want to interact with, an always-on 3D motion detector will sense your movements and make it happen. These types of systems are already in the works. Companies like  PointGrab  and  Frog Designs  have built working prototypes that allow you to control your home appliances via gestures, but these systems rely on cameras to detect your motion – a technique that’s proven difficult, unwieldy, and unreliable. A team of engineers from MIT has devised a better method – one that

eschews camerabased detection in favor of radio waves, and can detect motion in threedimensional space anywhere in the house, even through walls. The technology, dubbed WiTrack, uses radio signals “whose power is 100 times smaller than Wi-Fi and 1,000 times smaller than cellphone transmissions.” These radio signals reflect off of moving human bodies, and with the help of receivers and triangulation algorithms, the system can use them to effectively determine a person’s position inside the house with an accuracy between 10 and 21 centimeters. Furthermore, in addition to tracking your position, WiTrack can also detect the motion of individual limbs. This means it can not only be used for things like turning lights on/off when you enter or leave a room, but also for specific gesture controls like pointing at appliances to switch them on. Imagine a future where

your house can tell when you’ve gotten out of bed in the morning and automatically turn on the hot water in the shower, or send you an emergency alert when grandma takes a spill in the living room. A system like WiTrack would make stuff like that possible.  Right now the system can only track one person at a time, but it serves as solid proof-of-concept that JARVISstyle whole-home gesture control is possible without retrofitting every room with an array of cameras and sensors. Right now it’s just an academic research project, but it’s highly likely to blossom into something bigger in the next few years.

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Sometimes it’s hard to fathom why Beats headphones, often regarded by audio enthusiasts as over-priced and underperforming, seem to be the only brand pro athletes wear. But then the company does something like, say, send every Superbowl player a pair of $25,000 gold and diamond encrusted headphones, and things become more clear. The specially designed superphones were forged in two color patterns, a yellow-gold version for the Seattle Seahawks, and a white-gold version for their AFC rivals, the Denver Broncos. The ‘phones sport the words “New York XLVIII 2014,” engraved along the bands in gold, and are also littered with a few diamonds courtesy of Graff diamonds, and cloaked in leather. Each pair also comes packed in its own commemorative case.  www.societymagazine.net

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The Four Seasons hotels can always be relied upon for a grand, rather oversized experience, and the rooms here are no exception. The vast bed and even vaster bathroom come as little surprise, but they’re so incredibly comfortable and welcoming that even a night’s stay here becomes an invaluable rest-cure for the jaded traveler. This relaxation extends to the eating and drinking options. There’s a fine dining restaurant, Il Teatro, but many might prefer to head outside on a warm night and eat alfresco at the more casual option, La Veranda, where simple but delicious Italian fare is served. Zucchini flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese, linguini with seafood, excellent beef fillet tagliata and swordfish entrecote are all cooked to perfection, taste delicious, and are matched with some of the area’s most

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delectable wines. All in all, it makes for one of the most romantic and pleasurable experiences that you can have in Milan.

This hotel is in a great location. We arrived on a busy evening during the fashion week in Milan. They upgraded our room which was nice. The room was modern and nice. Ramin K. November 5, 2013— TripAdvisor.com

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CORNISH MAGIC AT TREGULLAND

The name Tregulland rang bells from the start - it had a place, somewhere in the distant depths of the 22 years of my Cornish memory. As it turned out, I knew exactly where the place was. That rusting signpost, either half buried into the hedgerow or standing starkly on its own - depending on the time of year - on the lonely stretch of road between Launceston and the north coast. In fact, I can’t even count the number of times I’ve driven past that signpost, blissfully unaware of Tregulland’s tiny hamlet - we’re talking every Christmas, Easter and summer holidays forever. Totally unaware too, of the three year project undertaken by Ken and Illona Aylmer to transform derelict barns and a crumbling cottage into a stateof-the-art ecological haven, now managed perfectly by Bonny Shanks to make a true Cornish gem, nestled in a quiet corner of Bodmin Moor. Tregulland is nothing but impressive, both in its size and its detail. Together, the barn and www.societymagazine.net

cottage now sleep 24, in a luxurious self-catering hotel, with big rooms and big views. So too, each tiny nook is uniquely attended too, with no wall untouched, no corner unconsidered. Curios are delicately placed throughout, creating a delicious mish-mash of antique shop crossed with a museum of natural history, painstakingly pieced together by vintage designer Marcus Crane. In the winter, tucked deep into sofas under tartan blankets as a squall squirrels down the valley from Roughtor and out to shiver King Arthur at Tintagel, you are smugly safe from the elements - and time is plentiful for catching a movie on the big screen, enjoying a massage courtesy of a local therapist, or fighting over monopoly money. So too, Tregulland is made for living al-fresco in the Cornish summer, surrounded by fields and space and sky, and only fifteen minutes from sand and surf. If you do manage to coax yourself from these luxury environs, you’ll explore the Cornish coast with a knowing smile - a smile guarding the secret of Tregulland and all that you will retreat to come sundown.

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ENDURING ALLURE OF MIAMI It seems strange to think that Miami is on the East Coast of America, as everything about it seems redolent of glimmering, fantastical ideas of the West Coast. The beautiful beaches, sun-kissed inhabitants and glistening white buildings all seem to sum up an ideal of Californian perfection, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to realize that you’re in Florida and not LA. However, once you get past the superficial trappings of heat, style and beauty (and, for many, this will be more than enough), you’re in a far more interesting place than the clichés might suggest. Contemporary Miami represents a melting pot of ideas, people and architecture. If you head down to iconic South Beach, for instance, you’re all but assaulted by 20s magnificence, especially if you head there in mid January and take in the Art Deco parade. The expat guide proudly informs the group that this is the largest concentrated area of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world. The famous News Cafe is a must to pop in and eat an enormous sandwich or dessert, even if its heyday is now long since past. Heading here, surrounded by the obviously stunning people and with

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the sea behind you, it seems like Paradise. Yet Miami’s also been heavily affected by the proximity to Cuba. Anyone who has ever seen Scarface will know that it was Castro’s bright idea to empty the jails and lunatic asylums in 1980 and send his unwanted population over to Miami, creating a tension that has only been exacerbated by subsequent developments. If you head to Miami’s ‘Little Cuba’ district, you’ll enjoy artery-popping food at Versailles, an old-school restaurant that offers a variety of meaty delights, and a stroll along the main boulevards reveals cigar shops and authentic coffee houses amidst the usual signs of big-town Americana. Many visitors to Miami are going to be so enraptured by the beach life and the trappings of luxury that they’re unlikely to give the underlying currents much attention. Two especially excellent places to stay are the Palms Hotel in Miami Beach and the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel in Coconut Grove, both of which offer superbly comfortable rooms, lavishly panoramic sea views and the sort of Latin American-influenced food and drink that you are going to find it difficult to resist. Each has its own set of charms; the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel has a rooftop pool that makes it ideal for lazy sunny days gazing out over the sea, and the Palms Hotel features easy access to the beach so that you can stare at the perfect gymhoned bodies of the beautiful people running past you. What both have in common is that they’re part of the glorious East Coast tradition of making their guests feel at home from the moment of their arrival.

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Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, which is owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments  PJS, successfully completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). In command on the flight deck of SS2 for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Mackay, along with Scaled Composites’ (Scaled) Test Pilot Mark Stucky, tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System (RCS) and the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle’s tail booms. All of the test objectives were successfully completed. Today’s flight departed Mojave Air and Space Port at 7:22 a.m.  PST  with the first stage consisting of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft lifting SS2 to an altitude around 46,000 ft. At the controls of WK2 were Virgin Galactic Pilot Mike Masucci and Scaled Test Pilot Mike

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Alsbury. On release, SS2’s rocket motor was ignited, powering the spaceship to a planned altitude of 71,000 ft. – SS2’s highest altitude to date – and at a maximum speed of Mach 1.4. SS2’s unique feather re-entry system was also tested during today’s flight. Two important SS2 systems, the  RCS  and thermal protection coating, were tested during today’s flight in preparation for upcoming full space flights. The spaceship’sRCS  will allow its pilots to maneuver the vehicle in space, permitting an optimal viewing experience for those on board and aiding the positioning process for spacecraft re-entry. The new reflective protection coating on SS2’s inner tail boom surfaces is being evaluated to help maintain vehicle skin temperatures while the rocket motor is firing. SS2’s propulsion system has been developed by Sierra Nevada Corp and is the world’s largest

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Commenting on the successful test flight, Sir Richard Branson said: “I couldn’t be happier to start the New Year with all the pieces visibly in place for the start of full space flights. 2014 will be the year when we will finally put our beautiful spaceship in her natural environment of space. Today, we had our own Chief Pilot flying another flawless supersonic flight and proving the various systems required to take us safely to space, as well as providing the very best experience while we’re up there.” This flight was the third opportunity to see a supersonic, rocket-powered test of the Virgin

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Galactic system after dozens of successful subsonic test flights. “Today’s flight was another resounding success,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. “We focused on gathering more transonic and supersonic data, and our chief pilot, Dave, handled the vehicle beautifully. With each flight test, we are progressively closer to our target of starting commercial service in 2014.”

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operational hybrid rocket motor. Although today’s flight saw it burn for a planned 20 seconds, the system has been successfully tested in ground firings to demonstrate performance characteristics and burn time sufficient to take the spaceship and its private astronauts to space.

“I have watched SS2 evolve over the years into an incredible vehicle that is going to open up space to more people than ever before,” he said. “To be behind the controls and fly it as the rocket ignited is something I will never forget. She flew brilliantly. All the tests went really well and generated vital data that will be used to further fine-tune our operations.” For Mackay, the flight was a “dream come true.”

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